Surprise! Mikhail Sergachev returns to help spark Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA - Pregame introductions in the playoffs carry with them a certain decibel level.

The home fans are already full of energy. It's palpable throughout the building and penetrates ever nook and cranny where every individual, no matter where they are can hear it, can feel it.

But what took place on Saturday afternoon inside Amalie Arena, shook the foundation to its core. The ovation for the fifth Tampa Bay Lightning player introduced as part of the starting lineup could be heard all the way from Thunder Alley to Nizhnekamsk, Russia.

For the first time since February 7, defenseman Mi...


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